Goodwill officials estimate rebuilding or relocating after an intentionally set fire destroyed the South Boulevard store will take at least six months.
In a community update posted on Goodwill’s website, CEO Michael Elder said employees at the South Boulevard store have been assigned to other stores in the meantime. The company is trying to find a place on South Boulevard to put a temporary donation center, the group said.
The store and its contents were destroyed last week in a fire that investigators later said was intentionally set. No arrests have been made in the case.
“The fact that someone would purposely set out to harm our organization and its team members who call this their work home is deeply troubling and, quite frankly, hard to comprehend,” Elder said in the community update.
The store and its contents were fully insured, officials said. Goodwill said it’s working with its insurance carrier to estimate damages and process claims.
As part of that process, the building will receive a full inspection to determine the status of the structure and its mechanical and electrical systems. Officials said once they have a clear picture of the extent of the damage, they will determine the viability of remaining at the South Boulevard location and rebuilding, or begin looking for an alternative location.